Nobody wants to get sick. We don’t enjoy feeling
tired. Spending hours in a doctor’s waiting room
isn’t exactly anyone’s idea of a good time.
So why do we do it, again and again? Or rather,
why don’t we do anything to change?
One ticket to Long Island’s upcoming NAVEL
(Nutrition, Aesthetics, Vitality, Efficacy, Life) Expo
on Sunday, May 4, 2008, might help you answer
these very questions. Now a biannual event, it
brings together doctors and practitioners who
specialize in natural, holistic methods that focus
on overall lifestyle changes to promote healthy
immune systems. Rather than just treating
the symptoms of disease, their goal is to treat
individuals—not only to make them feel better,
but also to keep them feeling better.
“It’s ground zero for the storm of dissatisfaction
with our current state of health and health care.
It’s a source of cutting-edge information,
motivation and philosophy,” says Alex Lubarsky,
CEO of the Health Media Group and founder of
the NAVEL Expo.
At its core, the expo provides wellness
information that offers people an alternative
to five-minute doctor visits and hastily filled
prescriptions. From chiropractors and surgeons
to acupuncturists and chemists—all have
something to offer in their own field of expertise
that gets at the root of sickness, which goes well
beyond just the symptoms to which we usually
respond. Think about it for a moment, and you
quickly realize that it has been ingrained in us
that unless we are exhibiting clear signs of being
sick, we must be healthy, and when we do come
down with something, we take medicine to make
it go away.
“The biggest problem with our health,” says
Lubarsky, “has little to do with health care and
everything to do with personal responsibility, as
well as our attitude about our health. Somehow,
at some dark moment, we began to think that
the government, insurance companies, hospitals
and drug manufacturers should take care of it”; in
turn, we stopped listening to our bodies. Stress,
lack of sleep, low